American roaches making Chinese farmers rich

The tasty American cockroach in the preferred position. (Getty Images)

The tasty American cockroach in the preferred position. (Getty Images)

The world is a strange place.

How strange? Farmers in China are selling cockroaches for $20 a pound. That’s not a typo.

You can get a whole lotta Chick-fil-A for that kinda money.

Chinese farmers are cultivating American cockroaches, the big ones that fly and are usually outdoors, not the nastier little ones that infest the homes of gross people.

The Los Angeles Times article says roaches are used as food and as ingredients in traditional (read ‘quack’) medicine and some cosmetics.

The farmer interviewed in the article says the price of roaches has skyrocketed from $2 a pound in 2010 to $20 a pound today because manufacturers of traditional medicine  are “stockpiling pulverized cockroach powder.”

The assumed largest producer of cockroaches in the world, farmer Wang Fuming, said he got into the business after realizing he was “accidentally raising” the pests.

Unlike pigs, his new livestock don’t require much space and are very hard to kill until he vacuums millions of them into a giant vat of boiling water. Once they quit kicking they are “dried in the sun like peppers.”

“This is not like raising regular farm animals or vegetables where the Agricultural Ministry knows who is supposed to regulate it. Nobody knows who is in charge here,” Wang said.

Hmmmm … after reading that quote I’m not sure I can trust unregulated roach meat.

Here’s a few interesting stories I found on the Interwebs Tuesday afternoon:

12 comments Add your comment


October 15th, 2013
3:13 pm

This has to be a practical joke being passed around. The name of the farmer is “Wang Fuming”. Sounds like an exterminating company looking for free advertising to me. ;-)


October 15th, 2013
3:26 pm

Speaking of food “stomps”, where’s Bernie? That fella’s starvin’.


October 15th, 2013
4:06 pm

And people say that Americans waste money on stupid things…


October 15th, 2013
4:09 pm

“…says roaches are used as food…”

We were going to have Chinese this evening. Till I saw this. There’s been a change of plans.


October 15th, 2013
4:20 pm


October 15th, 2013
4:26 pm

You really can’t get that much Chik-fil-A for $20…it ain’t cheap


October 15th, 2013
5:23 pm

Those roaches come back in some of the crap imported from China. You can bet on that!!


October 15th, 2013
5:35 pm


October 15th, 2013
7:01 pm

Hey guys, we have the big ones in the houses in coastal GA. Always have. I’d love to sell them for $20 a pound. When I was a kid and afraid of thing that flew, I had a great siamese cat who slept on me and grabbed flying roaches and killed them. Loved that cat. And my first boyfriend, when I was 3 and he was 5, was afraid of roaches. His father ran the wildlife refuge on the savannah river, and Little Ned always slept with the lights on in his bedroom because the roaches wouldn’t fly if the lights were on. He did that till he was a teenager, I think!
our big palmetto bugs selling for $20 a pound? I’d be rich!


October 15th, 2013
7:03 pm

And by the way, do you all know how much roach manure is in your food, both in restaurants and in your processed and packaged foods? You don’t want to know that. I guess it’s protein, but it still seems not so tasty.


October 15th, 2013
7:26 pm

I like my roaches with fava beans,kidneys,liver and a bottle of nice chianti. BBBBBUUUUUURRRPPPPPP *_____*

James Jordan

October 16th, 2013
3:57 am

I was about to eat a grilled cheese sammich but I changed my mind.